Dancing Naked under the Full Moon an Abstract Painter Destroys a Painting, Tears a Tendon and Finds Wisdom

Dancing Naked under the Full Moon an Abstract Painter Destroys a Painting, Tears a Tendon and Finds Wisdom

Dancing Naked under the Full Moon an Abstract Painter Destroys a Painting, Tears a Tendon and Finds Wisdom

Dancing Naked under the Full Moon an Abstract Painter Destroys a Painting, Tears a Tendon and Finds Wisdom

Dancing Naked under the Full Moon an Abstract Painter Destroys a Painting, Tears a Tendon and Finds Wisdom

Bronze River
Bronze-River. ©2017 Alicia R Peterson, acrylic on linen, 10 x 30.”. Photo: Peter Scheer

So where is the wisdom in challenge? What have I learned? How will this affect my painting process?  

1. I have skills in ignoring what my body is trying to tell me.  This can lead to major ouchies such as when I tore my tibial tendon dancing and painting under the full moon.  Click here to read the story. 

2. Pain takes me to a bad place.

3. I need better ways to deal with pain as I walk my joyous journeys. Life is ebb and flow. I flow in my painting, but oh, I struggle with the flow sometimes in my life. 

4. I am building skills in mindfulness.  And yes, I am learning to sit still for long periods of time (oh this is hard for me).

5. I can get very cranky. Some of you have experienced my crank. I apologize again.

6. The world really does not end if I don’t get all my art business (or anything) done. 

7. I can create sitting down.  A position I have rarely used in my 24 years of painting.

8. Watercolors are now my new best friend. It’s a pleasure to pick up a paintbrush after nearly 15 years of painting with my hands and gravity. It feels rather strange.

9. I don’t want to paint on canvas or linen anymore. I want to create on something else.  I am not sure what but I want it to be organic, something I don’t buy.

And oh, about that painting created and destroyed on the fateful day. Stay tuned; it is in the process of re-birth.  

And yes, you bet I am painting on the day of the solar eclipse. 

Kiss Wind
I am gleeful as I jump into the abyss of creation. Kiss the Wind ©2017 Alicia R Peterson, acrylic on linen, 40 x 30.” Private Collection.  Photo: Peter Scheer.

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